Starting from the 2025-26 season, the Women’s Champions League will undergo changes with an expanded group stage format, allowing more teams direct qualification. Currently criticized for only four teams qualifying directly for the 16-team group stage, the revised format will have 18 teams competing in a league phase followed by knockout rounds. In addition to the previous season’s winner and domestic champions of the top three national associations, champions from associations ranked fourth to sixth and runners-up from the top two associations will also have direct access.
This move aims to increase participation and reduce qualifying matches. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin highlighted the organization’s commitment to developing women’s football, stating that the reforms will provide more players and clubs the opportunity to pursue European glory. Additionally, a new second-tier European competition for women’s clubs will be introduced with a straight knockout format featuring six rounds.
Source – CGTN